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Hello. I'm Kathy from Florida and I started out trying to go all vegetarian. Going by some advice I read online, I've been resolved to be easy on myself and go *somewhat* gradually. By this I mean, on days I've felt like I was starving for meat, I've eaten a little. Since I started in May of this year, I've probably eaten meat 3 or 4 times at the very most. Since deciding I want to go vegan, there have been many more days than that that I've fallen off the dairy/eggs/refined-sugar-&-flour wagon. In fact, I've been eating a lot of refined sugar, 'cause I decided to use up what I have in the house and then buy organic from then on. I know I'm going to make it and then I won't have to sit down to the table each day pretending the animal who died to be on my plate is different from the animals I love and wish to help. Looking forward to posting and reading more here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to VB! When you feel like having meat, try some of the mock meat products out there. Your local Wal-Mart should even have some. Mine carries Morningstar Farms and Boca brands. They're not all vegan, but some of them are. Just read the labels. Also, check out health food stores near you to see what vegetarian/vegan mock meat products they have.<br><br>
I, personally, think Daiya cheese is the best vegan cheese out there, so if you can find it, try it when craving something cheesey. Check their website to find a store that carries it near you. Although, their website may not necessarily list all stores near you that carry it. It doesn't list the store closest to me that carries it. You're most likely to find it at health food stores, so check around.<br><br><a href="http://daiyafoods.com/" target="_blank">http://daiyafoods.com/</a>
 

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Welcome, Kathy! If you've only eaten meat 4 times since May, you're off to a strong start. I especially can relate to this:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I won't have to sit down to the table each day pretending the animal who died to be on my plate is different from the animals I love and wish to help.</div>
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I've also had more difficulty dropping eggs and milk, but it's surprising how, with time, you can learn to do without foods you've always enjoyed.<br><br>
About meat substitutes: I've come across some very palatable vegetarian burgers. I like Boca, but I think Morningstar farms are good too. If you don't have an intolerance for soy (some of us do!), you might find they approach the taste of a well-done beef patty rather well, and of course you won't be getting that load of saturated fat. On the down side, the damn things are more expensive per pound than beef- and they're usually high in salt/sodium.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mrs. T</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2980064"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Welcome to VB! When you feel like having meat, try some of the mock meat products out there. Your local Wal-Mart should even have some. Mine carries Morningstar Farms and Boca brands. They're not all vegan, but some of them are. Just read the labels. Also, check out health food stores near you to see what vegetarian/vegan mock meat products they have.<br><br>
I, personally, think Daiya cheese is the best vegan cheese out there, so if you can find it, try it when craving something cheesey. Check their website to find a store that carries it near you. Although, their website may not necessarily list all stores near you that carry it. It doesn't list the store closest to me that carries it. You're most likely to find it at health food stores, so check around.<br><br><a href="http://daiyafoods.com/" target="_blank">http://daiyafoods.com/</a></div>
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Hi Mrs. T. I'm definitely taking advantage of substitutes. I've tried Yves's Good Dogs recently, plus I've been trying seitan recipes. Seitan bacon was my favorite, but in the last week, I've made lentil meatloaf (really good and reheats best under the broiler) and Bryana Clarke-Grogan's (I think that's her name) seitan-tofu turkey. I can now safely say the turkey substitute is my favorite mock meat. I'm making use of a vegan gourmet cheese recipe that uses oatmeal, sesame seeds (I use almonds) and arrowroot. Pretty satisfying stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome, Kathy! If you've only eaten meat 4 times since May, you're off to a strong start. I especially can relate to this:<br><br><br><br>
I've also had more difficulty dropping eggs and milk, but it's surprising how, with time, you can learn to do without foods you've always enjoyed.<br><br>
About meat substitutes: I've come across some very palatable vegetarian burgers. I like Boca, but I think Morningstar farms are good too. If you don't have an intolerance for soy (some of us do!), you might find they approach the taste of a well-done beef patty rather well, and of course you won't be getting that load of saturated fat. On the down side, the damn things are more expensive per pound than beef- and they're usually high in salt/sodium.</div>
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I've noticed a Dr. Praeger's (sp?) brand veggie burger, that's labeled vegan. I *was* avoiding soy because of possible hormonal health implications, but I've recently heard that whole soy isn't bad; apparently it's the isolated soy protein that's bad? After having such good luck with the seitan-tofu turkey recipe I tried (especially texture-wise), I'm really trying to think of how to apply the same method to make something that tastes like steak.
 

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Thanks Dormouse! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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